I'd be demanding some answers.
Honestly, there's nothing ESPN or Disney can do here. Here's the problem:
Thanks to the internet and smartphones in particular, next day or even hours later results are not needed. People know instantly if their teams won or lost and they can get the highlights on the spot. This has killed the need for shows like Sportscenter, which built ESPN.
ESPN is an unsustainable business model and can only be marginally profitable from showing actual sporting events. Contract rights to broadcast those events is extremely costly. To make matters worse, they have ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNNews and other channels, they have to fill them with something. The most common way (after live sports themselves) is through talk shows. What else can they do? Problem is, today's generation isn't all that interested in discussion-based, topical sports discussions. It doesn't move the needle and younger folks don't watch these hour long shows with enough regularity to achieve solid ratings.
This, in turn, has led to the "hot take" era of ESPN, where they encourage brash points of view delivered in absolutes, like "The Cleveland Cavaliers CAN NOT win the NBA Finals this season" or "Alabama will
beat Clemson, I GUARANTEE it." These shock jock-style soundbites are designed to spread across the airwaves and generate clicks and views. (Think Skip Bayless.) But now even those aren't working anymore.
The political stances have alienated many views and this has helped bring about the endgame quicker but the model was doomed the minute smartphones started rolling off the assembly line.
This post was edited on 2/17 at 12:53 pm